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Keidron Duckwitz and Joe Stone were crowned as Homecoming Queen and King, respectively, at as Altamont High School held its coronation at the girls basketball game on Monday, Nov.

Each first grader at Altamont Grade School recently received the book, “My Favorite Book,” to have as their own. The first graders would like to thank the following businesses for purchasing this book for them: Irwin Telescopic Seating Company, Peoples Bank and Trust, Carriage House Event Center, C Bert's Body Shop, Altamont Lumber, and Promark Advertising.

The ACHS Band and Director Sara Berg gratefully announce the platinum-level donation of $1000 made by Kurt Becker of General Talk.  Pictured is, from left, Ashley Brown, Elizabeth McCammon, Josh Miller, Kurt Becker, Collin York, Corey Vail, and Tera Hahn.


St. Elmo High School held its annual Homecoming dance on Saturday, Dec. 3. The court included, from left: Kolton Sapp, Avyree Scholes, Tyler Brooks, Jasmine Barr, Nathaniel Philpot, Marlee Nolen, Luke Behl, Sydney Karnes, Dalton Denton, Sydney Price, Bo Sapp, Abigail Durbin, Landon Feezel, Kearstin Scoles, Braden Roedl, and Tessa Philpot.


Brownstown High School held its annual Homecoming dance on Saturday, Dec. 3. The court included, front row, from left: freshman Holly Struble, sophomore Hailey Rush, junior Brittany Sidwell, and senior queen candidates Mannie Grames, Elissa Baron, and Brandi Howard; back row: freshman Andy Goldsborough, sophomore Bradley Schwarm, junior Dalton Lawson, and senior king candidates Jeffrey Kelly, Lane Chandler, and Dawson Barker.



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Poe marks half-century of service to Altamont Grade School Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 15 November 2016 10:03

e past 49 Augusts, Sue Poe began a new school year at the Altamont Grade School. Now the unit librarian, Poe, who recently turned 70, began her 50th year with the only district for which she has worked.

The daughter of a school janitor in Effingham, Poe recalled that she became interested in a career in education in sixth grade.

After enrolling at Eastern Illinois University, she graduate with her elementary education degree in three years.

In March of her final year, at the ripe age of 20, she received a job offer from the Altamont Grade School to teach third grade. She accepted and remained in the position for 36 years.

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Annual Halloween parade entertains spectators once again Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 08 November 2016 15:28

The annual Altamont Halloween Parade was held on Saturday, Oct. 29.

The event, overseen by the Altamont Masonic Lodge, saw an increase in marching bands this year, in addition to costumed children and adults, local civic organizations, and private entries.

Below is a list of winners:

Floats and Organizations

1st Place - Girl Scout Troop 2047

2nd Place - Altamont Lions Club

3rd Place - Jackson Township Baptist Church

Antique Cars and Equipment

1st Place - Effingham Retired Firefighters 1937 Centenial Fire Truck

2nd Place - Linden Alwardt Military Reenactment Unit

3rd Place – Altamont Fire Protection District 1889 Fire Pumper

Horses and Horse Drawn Vehicles

1st Place - Bob Henry Riding Group

The winners of the costume judging are:

5 years old and under

1st Place - Blake and Evan Stuemke – Sponge Bob and Plankton

2nd Place - Whitney Dunn – Minnie Mouse

3rd Place - David Smith – Fire Fighter

6 to 9 years old

1st Place - Cooper McManway – Werewolf

2nd Place – Deken Kemme – Bull Rider

3rd Place – Katy Viverito - Pirate

10 to 14 years old

1st Place - Alyssa Campe – Grim Reaper

2nd Place – Olivia Eckhardt – Escaped Mental Patient

3rd Place – Logan Duncan – Airforce Pilot


1st Place - Elizabeth Strange (and Ben the Goat) – Little Bo Peep

2nd Place – Shelley Stuckemeyer - Witch

3rd Place – Laura Smith - Doctor

The winners of the marching band competition are:

Grade Schools

1st Place – Sacred Heart School

High Schools

1st Place – South Central High School

2nd Place – St. Elmo High School

Schultz family and local business community celebrate groundbreaking Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 01 November 2016 10:28

With the expansion in business for both Deb’s Catering and Deb’s Vending, the husband and wife team of Alvin and Deb Schultz have decided to expand their operating space, breaking ground on a new facility in the Altamont Industrial Park.

Deb’s Vending, Inc. recently partnered with Pepsi Mid-America to provide fresh food vending items as the exclusive provider of such services throughout the region. As independent consultants for Pepsi Mid-America, the family is capable of opening up full-line vending accounts, while customers deal directly with Deb’s Vending. The two businesses remain separately owned and operated companies, which provides Deb’s Vending autonomy in pursuing business objectives. Steve Schultz serves Deb’s Vending as operations manager.

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Village of Brownstown dedicates National Road Kiosk Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 08 November 2016 15:27

On Saturday, Oct. 15, the Village of Brownstown held a dedication ceremony for the National Road Kiosk. Village President Virginia Wilber welcomed those in attendance and led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Vernon Brazle read a brief history of the National Road.

The service ended with Wilber reading the dedication proclamation.

Maxey deems Lions Heath sales a success Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 01 November 2016 10:27

In an ever-evolving fundraiser, the St. Elmo Lions Club found success yet again in their annual Heath candy bar sale held Saturday, Oct. 22 and Monday, Oct. 24.

Lions Club President Dave Maxey reported that the club has changed its sales strategy throughout the years to account for weather, darkness, and people’s schedules, but for the third year, held a two-day event that included selling bags of the toffee and chocolate bars door-to-door and at busy four-way-stop intersections throughout St. Elmo.

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